The Yiddish Book Center's
Wexler Oral History Project
A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
Reciting Kaddish For My Father From Onstage
Eleanor Reissa, singer, describes her experience starring in a production of "Yentl" and recalls how important it was to her to be able to say kaddish (the mourner's prayer) for her father on stage every night.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Eleanor Reissa.
This excerpt is in English.
Eleanor Reissa was born in Brooklyn, New York.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"Ver Iz Nishtu (Who is Not Here)": Growing Up as a Child of Holocaust Survivors
2 min 21 sec
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"My Ego is in English, but My Heart is in Yiddish": Reflections on a Bilingual Career
2 min 57 sec
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"It Ain't Your Bubbie's Yiddish Anymore": Eleanor Reissa Reflects on the Yiddish Artistic World Today
3 min 29 sec
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